The Story Behind Bagels & Salsa by Lara Reznik

Summer 1977. As the Son of Sam and a scorching heat wave plague New York City, Laila Levin, a Jewish sociologist from Long Island, meets Dr. Eduardo Quintana while giving a speech on the epidemic problem of teenage pregnancies. Laila is relationship-shy after a disastrous marriage, and Eduardo has never completely recovered from his high school…

The Story Behind A Tangled Web by Mike Martin

A Tangled Web is the latest book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series, which is set in small fishing communities in Newfoundland, on the easternmost tip of Canada. This series began when the main character, Sgt. Windflower walked out of the fog one night in Grand Bank and started talking to me. I just wrote…

The Story Behind ‘The Lübecker’ by M.J. Joseph

The Lübecker was written primarily on a breezy, inset porch of a large, white, lap-sided, 1912 house overlooking Pensacola Bay, so architecturally typical, but now, so frequently disappearing, before gentrification along the coastal South. While this setting recalled childhood memories that influenced the novel, I began constructing character apologues that ultimately inspired the development of…

The Story behind ‘Watch Me’ by Jody Gehrman

All of my life I’ve been obsessed with the power dynamics between men and women. For years, I’ve wanted to write the story of an older woman who finds herself unable to resist the attention of a younger man. I didn’t want to write it as a romance, though. I knew there was something murky…